Saturday, December 24, 2011

BKN Aviators ~ Catch of the Day


BROOKLYN AVIATORS:   Gone Fishing; The Skates of Flatbush Hook Two Wins Against the Blue Fins.

The A's showed no rust for being off eleven days since their last game against Akwesasne.  Finally back on ice, Brooklyn netted twelve goals against Cape Cod's eight over six plus periods of hockey  this week, and completed a two game sweep of the Blue Fins at The Hangar.

In THURSDAY NIGHT's contest the A's struck for six goals and were 3 for 5 on the power play. 

Just over five minutes into the game, newcomer Peter Drikos, put Brooklyn's Coolest on the board first.  Then Cape Cod equalled the score for a first period tie.

This game wasn't marred with some of the more exotic penalties these two teams have collected for brutishness or unsportsmanlike behavior like some of their previous encounters.  Instead, more wholesome penalties like Holding; Interference; and High Sticking; laid doom to Cape Cod's night.  The A's scored two power play goals in the second period.  At 3:14, Jordan Bernier scored off a big assist by goalie Josselin St. Pierre.  Six minutes later, Brendan Baumgartner cashed with a second power play goal for the A's.  Cape Cod picked up a power play goal of their own to end the second period with Brooklyn ahead by a 3-2 score.

To start the third period, Ken Trentowski put the A's in front 4-2 with Brooklyn's third consecutive power play goal.  Matt Atsoff added an unassisted goal.  Then Jesse Felton capped off the night with Flatbush's sixth goal of the night.  The Fins scored once in the third period to complete their end of a 6-3 final.

FRIDAY'S GAME was far more in line with the art of hockey.  With penalties held to a minimum, a really good back and forth contest took place.  And to the delight of the Flatbush Faithful, the game came replete with a dramatic comeback, and overtime win by the Coolest.

Jordan Bernier opened up the scoring.  After Cape Cod scored to tie (they scored twice in the period), Brooklyn rode the strength of two power play goals to a first period 3-2 lead.  Within a minute of each other, Cape Cod committed back-to-back cross checking penalties; their only two real mistakes of the night.  Brooklyn cashed in on each offense.  Jesse Felton netted his twelfth goal of the season off the first penalty.  Andrew Owsiak scored thirty-four seconds later with power play goal number two, making it a 3-2 Brooklyn lead.

The second period was almost all Cape Cod.  Brooklyn watched The Fins score three consecutive goals inside the first three minutes of the second period before they answered back with a goal at the 14:12 mark by Lucas Schott. 

The Skates of Flatbush went into the third period trailing 5-4 and it stayed that way for the first ten minutes until Brendan Baumgartner broke through for a game tying goal, and his second of the weekend. 

The rest of regulation time stayed goal and penalty free.  So into overtime they went.  The home town Flatbush Faithful crowd didn't have to sweat the free-hockey portion of the evening very long.  Thirty-nine seconds into the extra session, an Andrew Owsiak shot found net, and Brooklyn completed a weekend sweep of The Fish.  And off went the Fans happily into the Brooklyn night, free to start a very Merry Christmas weekend with two victories in hand.

Josselin St. Pierre picked up his fourth and fifth wins of the season since replacing Lee Thomas as the A's goalie.  He's now 5-3 with an overtime loss mixed in.  He faced fifty-two shots over the weekend and turned back forty-four Blue Fin shots.  The season series between Cape Cod and Flatbush is now tied at four games apiece. 

Two victories this weekend make ten wins on the season.  The A's upped their season point total to thirty-six which gets them out of the second division and anchored into a tie with Danbury for third place.  FHL games resume after the Holiday break on Dec. 27th.  The A's will be back on the ice Dec. 29th against the Outlaws in New Jersey.

Merry Christmas Guys.  Let's Go Brooklyn!


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